Jun 012011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-1 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Tom Milone (3-3, 3.78) vs.
Thompson (1st AAA start of ’11)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-2 vs. New Hampshire, 7:00 p.m. Erik Arnesen (2-0, 2.05) vs.
Chad Beck (5-0, 2.86)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 4-3 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (2-6, 7.16) vs.
Terry Doyle (1-5, 3.54)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 3-0 @ Greenville, 7:05 p.m. Bobby Hansen (5-1, 3.86) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-8 @ DSL Cubs2 @ DSL Marlins, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 5 Syracuse 1
• Meyers (L, 3-1) 5IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Severino 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
• Brown 2-4, R
• Antonelli 2-4

It’s nice that Brad Meyers hasn’t issued many walks, with #2 of ’11 coming last night, but he also gave up his third HR in five AAA starts, as the Louisville Bats sent the Syracuse Chiefs to their third straight loss by a 5-1 tally last night. Meyers gave up all five runs on eight hits and struck out two and took the loss. Just three Chiefs got hits, all going 2-for-4, and only two other runners reached base.

Harrisburg 4 New Hampshire 2
• Peacock (ND) 7+ IP 2H 1R 1ER 3BB 7K
• Zinicola (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K 1-1 IR-S
• Gilbert 2-4, RBI
• Rhinehart 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Norris 1-3, RBI

Brad Peacock and the Harrisburg Senators continue to roll, with the former tossing seven strong innings and the latter taking its ninth straight with a 4-2 win. Zech Zinicola couldn’t strand the leadoff walk Peacock issued, allowing a single and two sacrifices, but Peacock’s effort lowered his ERA to 2.03 and his WHIP to 0.79. Archie Gilbert led the Sens hitters with two of the six Harrisburg hits.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 3
• Mock (ND) 6IP 4H 0R 2BB 6K
• Martin (H, 2) 2IP 1H 1R 0ER 1BB 3K
• Perez 2-4
• Souza 2-4, RBI

The Potomac Nationals bullpen snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Winston-Salem, coughing up four runs in the last inning and 2/3rds for a 4-3 loss, their tenth straight. Garrett Mock allowed just four hits and two walks while striking six over six scoreless innings. Rafael Martin struck out three in the 7th and 8th innings, allowing an unearned run on Justin Bloxom’s 11th error in 21 games at third base and a wild pitch before Hector Nelo and Marcos Frias combined to give up three runs on three hits in the ninth. Eury Perez and Steve Souza both went 2-for-4 to lead the Potomac offense, which saw four baserunners caught stealing in six tries.

Hagerstown 3 Kannapolis 0
• Ray (W, 2-0) 5IP 1H 0R 4BB 3K
• Holland (H, 1) 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
• Manno (S, 7) 2IP 0H 0R 3BB 5K
• Harper 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, 3SB
• Kelso 2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI

Three Suns pitchers combined on a three-hit, seven-walk, 10-K shutout of the Kannapolis Intimidators for a 3-0 win. Robbie Ray got his second win with five scoreless innings with one hit and four walks allowed. Neil Holland and Chris Manno followed with two innings each for the hold and save, respectively. Blake Kelso and Bryce Harper took their soap-opera first names and cleaned up together for four hits, all three Suns runs, two doubles and two RBI (one of each for both), a home run (Kelso) and three stolen bases (Harper).

DSL Cubs2 9 DSL Nationals 8
• Moscat (L, 0-1) 3⅔ 6H 7R 3ER 4BB 2K
• Rodriguez, K 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI, SB
• Ortega 2-5, SB, CS, E
• Rosario 2-5, 2R, 2K

IFA Felix Moscat got chased in the fourth, (no) thanks in part to four errors by defense and four walks of his own as the DSL Nationals fell to the DSL Cubs2 by a 9-8 tally. Wilmer Difo, “Fred” Ortega and Dioncio Rosario each had two hits as the D-Nats collected 10 overall and stole three bases in the loss.

May 312011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 9-4 @ Louisville, 6:35 p.m. Brad Meyers (3-0, 3.09) vs.
Scott Carroll (2-2, 5.01)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-6 vs. New Hampshire, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (7-1, 2.13) vs.
Henderson Alvarez (2-0, 1.50)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-1 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Garrett Mock (de facto rehab) vs.
Joseph Serafin (0-4, 5.67)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 3-0; Lost, 4-3 @ Kannapolis, 7:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.47) vs.
Jimmy Ballinger (2-3, 2.00)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. DSL Giants @ DSL Cubs2, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 9 Syracuse 4
• Detwiler (L, 3-5) 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 5K 1HR
• Mandel 1IP 2H 0R 0BB 0K
• Aubrey 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Flores 2-4, RBI

Ross Detwiler’s woes continue as the lefthander lost for the fifth time in the month of May and allowed four or more runs for his sixth straight start as the Louisville Bats slugged the Syracuse Chiefs, 9-4. A three-run homer in the four-run Louisville fourth was the bulk of the damage, as Detwiler allowed more baserunners than innings pitched for the ninth time in 10 starts. Michael Aubrey and Jesus Flores led the late Chiefs charge with a combined effort of 4-for-7 as the Nos. 3 and 4 batters in the Syracuse lineup.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 6
• Roark (W, 2-1) 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 2K 1HR
• Moore 2-2, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Rhinehart 1-2, 2R, 2BB, HR, 3RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2RBI

Twice the Senators answered two-run innings with three runs and held off a late charge to win 7-6, sweeping the five-game series and extending the win streak to eight games. Bill Rhinehart’s 9th HR was the second of the three-spots put up, and gave the Sens the lead for good, with Tyler Moore’s solo shot in the 5th providing the final margin of victory. Tanner Roark set down 10 straight to finish his six innings of work, overcoming four runs early for his second win of the year.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 2-3) 7⅔ 13H 7R 3ER 2BB 5K, PO at 1B
• Testa ⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K IR-S: 1-0
• Kobernus 1-3
• Souza 4BB, 2SB
• Leon PO at 1B, CS

Winston-Salem’s Ryan Buch was unhittable but wild, allowing no hits through six and 2/3rds but walking five in a 7-1 win over Potomac. Potomac starter Danny Rosenbaum flirted with disaster in every single inning, with the defense failing him for four unearned runs on two errors but also turning four double plays with Rosenbaum and Sandy Leon each picking a runner off first base. Jeff Kobernus got the lone P-Nat hit with two outs in the eighth while Steve Souza drew four of the team’s eight walks (none intentional).

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 0 — GAME ONE
• Cole (L, 0-4) 5IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 6K
• Kelso 1-3
• Newsome 1-3

A.J. Cole continues to pitch well but still lose, dropping his fourth decision without a win in a 3-0 loss to Kannapolis. The 19-year-old tossed five innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out six, and lowered his ERA to 3.38. The Suns managed just two hits, with Blake Kelso and Brett Newsome both going 1-for-3. Wade Moore and Sammy Solis were added to the roster over the last two days, but which players were removed is still not known — presumably Chris Curran and a pitcher.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3 — GAME TWO
• Solis 4⅔ 4H 3R 3ER 3BB 7K
• Eusebio 1⅓ 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Harper 2-3, BB, CS
• Newsome 2-3, R, 2B
• Leonida 1-3, 3B, 2RBI

Cole Leonida’s two-run triple capped off a three-run fourth, but Sammy Solis ran into trouble in the fifth, giving up the tying runs. Wilson Eusebio surrendered the game-winning home run in the bottom of the sixth as the Kannapolis Intimidators took the nightcap and swept the doubleheader with a 4-3 win. Solis struck out seven over four and 2/3rds innings and allowed four hits and three walks. Bryce Harper and Brett Newsome each went 2-for-3 to lead the Suns offense.

DSL Giants 4 DSL Nationals 1
• Baez, G (L, 0-1) 4IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K 1HR
• Escolastico 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K, PO at 2B
• Ortega 2-3, 2SB
• Mejia 1-2, 2B

Gregory Baez returned to the DSL, perhaps only until the GCL starts up, and tossed four strong innings in a 4-1, rain-shortened (presumably) loss. The 19-year-old gave up a single, a homer, and a walk while striking out five. “Fred” Ortega went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases while 17-year-old Bryan Mejia got the only other hit for the D-Nats, a double.

May 302011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-3 @ Louisville, 4:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (3-4, 5.77) vs.
Matt Klinker (2-1, 9.00)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-1; Won, 1-0 vs. Bowie, 7:00 p.m. Tanner Roark (1-1, 4.76) vs.
Wynn Pelzer (1-5, 4.43)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-2; Lost, 5-2 @ Winston-Salem, 4:00 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (2-2, 2.91) vs.
Ryan Buch (0-0, 1.50)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 10-5 @ Kannapolis, 1:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (0-3, 3.86) and
Sammy Solis (’11 debut) vs.
Paul Burnside (3-2, 4.07) and
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Giants, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Charlotte 5 Syracuse 3
• Martin (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP 8H 5R 5ER 0BB 3K 1HR
• Balester 2IP 0H 0R 2BB 1K
• Marrero 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, 2B

Filling in for the promoted Yunesky Maya, J.D. Martin started strong, striking out the side in the first, but let up all five Charlotte runs over the next three innings as the Chiefs fell, 5-3. Collin Balester tossed two scoreless innings, as the Syracuse ‘pen held the Knights down the rest of the way. Chris Marrero went 2-for-3 with a walk and solo HR to lead the offense, which was held to seven hits total.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 1 — GAME ONE
• Davis (W, 2-1) 5⅓ 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 2K
• Pena (S, 4) 1⅔ 0H 0R 1BB 3K
• Moore 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R

Tyler Moore’s first-inning HR gave the Sens an early lead while a three-run sixth put the game away as Harrisburg took the first game, 6-1. Starter Erik Davis got the win with five and a 1/3rd strong innings, allowing the lone Baysox run on five hits and three walks while Hassan Pena got the last five out for his fourth save.

Harrisburg 1 Bowie 0 — GAME TWO
• Perez (W, 2-0) 6+ IP 5H 0R 0BB 5K
• Barthmaier (S, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
• Tucker 1-2, R, 2B
• Lombardozzi 1-3, 2B, RBI

Back-to-back, two-out doubles by Joanthan Tucker and Steve Lombardozzi scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth as Harrisburg swept the doubleheader with a 1-0 decision, extending their winning streak to seven games. It was also their eighth win in ten games against Bowie. Oliver Perez went the first six innings, plus one batter in the seventh for the win while Jimmy Barthmaier walked a batter but struck out the side for the save.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2 — GAME ONE
• Selik (L, 0-4) 5⅔ 5H 3R 2ER 1BB 2K
• Frias 1⅓ 1H 0R 1BB 1K
• Kobernus 3-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Bronson (L, 1-2) 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 3K 1HR
• Smoker 1IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 1HR
• Kobernus 2-3, R, 2SB
• Ramirez 1-3, 2RBI

Another sweep, but two much closer games Sunday Afternoon in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Kannapolis 5
• Grace (W, 5-4) 7IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K
• Applebee 2IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 3K
• Harper 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Newsome 1-2, 2R, 2BB, 3RBI
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

After posting a picket fence in the 2nd through 5th innings, the Suns put up a six-spot in the 6th to take a 10-1 lead and cruised to a 10-5 win over Kannapolis. Bryce Harper, Jason Martinson, and Wade Moore each homered as no Sun collected multiple hits, but four drew multiple walks as the Intimidators pitchers issued 11 walks for the game. Matt Grace went the first seven innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk to earn his fifth win.

May 292011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-7; Won, 8-3 vs. Charlotte 6:30 p.m. TBD vs. Gaby Hernandez (2-5, 8.77)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 8-3 vs. Bowie, 5:00 p.m. Erik Davis (1-1, 3.55) and
Oliver Perez (1-0, 1.50) vs.
Chorye Spoone (0-1, 3.12) and
Tim Bascom (2-1, 4.76)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 10-5; Lost, 7-2 vs. Lynchburg, 12:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (0-3, 7.63) and
Evan Bronson (1-1, 2.42) vs.
Willie Kempf (2-3, 7.96) and
Blaine Sims (0-0, 1.65)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-6; Won, 2-1 @ Kannapolis, 5:05 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-7 vs. DSL Giants, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 8 Charlotte 7 (Comp.)
• Milone (ND) 6⅔ IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 6K
• Mandel (BS, 1)(W, 1-1) 2IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K 1HR
• Marrero 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Valdez 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Hulett 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Jeff Mandel gave away the lead on Friday and nearly the game on Saturday until Tug Hulett’s solo HR and Chris Marrero’s RBI single gave him the blown-save-win and the Chiefs an 8-7 victory. Tom Milone started and got the no-decision with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. He also struck out six.

Syracuse 8 Charlotte 3
• Stammen (W, 5-2) 7IP 8H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K
• Carr 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
• Aubrey 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Antonelli 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Hulett 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

Syracuse got five first-inning runs and cruised to an 8-3 victory in the “nightcap.” Craig Stammen got the win with seven strong innings, allowing all three Charlotte runs on eight its and two walks while striking out five. Michael Aubrey paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night, including a double and an RBI.
The expected Yunesky Maya move has not officially occurred, but Collin Balester was optioned back from DC while Atahualpa Severino was activated from the DL

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 3
• Martis (W, 2-2) 6IP 5H 0R 1BB 5K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, R, 2B
• Moore 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Norris 2-2, 3R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• King 2-4, 2RBI

The Sens won their fifth straight with an 8-3 takedown of the Baysox. Shairon Martis tossed six scoreless innings to get the win, lowering his ERA to 3.57 while the quadrimvirate of Steve Lombardozzi, Tyler Moore, Derek Norris, and Stephen King combined for eight of the 14 Harrisburg hits, with Norris homering for the fifth time in his last nine games played.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 5 — GAME ONE
• Holder (L, 2-6) 1⅔ IP 9H 8R 8ER 2BB 0K 1HR
• Olbrychowski 3⅓ IP 1H 0R 3BB 2K
• Higley 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 1-2, 2B, BB, RBI

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Demny (L, 1-5) 4IP 6H 6R 6ER 5BB 4K 2HR
• Martin 2IP 0H 0R 1B 2K
• Hood 1-3, R, HR, RBI

FWIW, here’s my take on LNIW.

Hagerstown 8 Asheville 6 (Comp.)
• Hansen 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 6K 1HR
• Graham (W, 1-1) 2IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 1K
• Kelso 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB
• Rogers 2-3, R

A four-run eighth, highlighted by Adrian Sacnhez’s two-out, two-RBI single, powered the Suns past the Tourists for an 8-6 win in the completion. Relievers Matt Swynenberg and Ben Graham both gave up a run over two innings with Graham getting the decision. Sanchez led Hagerstown’s offense with a 3-for-5 effort and a stolen base.

Hagerstown 2 Asheville 1
• Jordan (ND) 5IP 4H 1R 0ER 1BB 5K
• Eusebio 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
• Sanchez 2-4, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, R

Michael Taylor scored the tying run in the 6th and singled to left in the 9th, an error erasing the RBI, but not the game-winning run as the Suns swept the de facto doubleheader with a 2-1 win. Taylor Jordan started and went the first five innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Wilson Eusebio, Chris Manno, and Neil Holland combine four four scoreless innings of relief with Holland getting the win.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Rangers 7
• Pineyro (ND) 3IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K
• Heredia (W, 1-0) 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
• B. Valdez 1-3, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Reyes 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Difo 1-2, 2R, 3BB

A six-run top of the 9th, highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Bienvenido Valdez, catapulted the D-Nats past the D-Rangersfor an improbable 8-7 win.
Ivan Pineyro (19 y.o.) started the game and struck out six but was touched for three runs on three hits and two walks. Inocencio Heredia got the win with two scoreless innings in relief. Two of the 2010 IFA Signees — Diomedes Eusebio, 1-4 @ 3B; Dioncio Rosario, 0-4 @ CF — were spotted in the lineup.

May 292011

As the pic suggests, the P-Nats dropped a pair to fall into the Carolina League North Division cellar, losing 10-5 in the first game and 7-2 in the second. The losing streak is now six games.

The story in both games was much the same: the starting pitching was ineffective and made a mediocre offense look terrific. Except for one big inning in the first game, the Potomac offense was listless. It took nearly four innings in the first game for a runner to reach base. In the second game, they collected just three hits.

I’m not sure what the Nats brass, who have been on hand for the past couple of nights, has in mind to shake things up, but it’s pretty clear that some bats need to be thrown in the shower. Maybe even some wooden ones, too.

Individually, there is some decent talent in this group of players. But I keep hearing the rumblings that, while not quite 25 cabs for 25 guys, this is not yet a team. The difference in the record at home vs. the road in the past couple of weeks certainly begs the question of “why?” — especially when the opponents have been either the same (Lynchburg) or second-division (Kinston).

Again, I try hard not to editorialize in this space, but I know that folks value the eyes on the field and I’m seeing a collection of talent that needs some reshuffling. Maybe some guys that have been starting need to sit out today. Maybe some starters need to work out of the ‘pen and vice-versa. But something needs to happen soon.

Today, Cameron Selik and Evan Bronson are tasked with turning things around (and making me eat these words) with a noontime doubleheader against these same Hillcats, with a chance to both split the series and return to third place.

May 282011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs 6-6, Susp. (Top 8th) vs. Charlotte 6:00 p.m.
(completion, scheduled game)
Craig Stammen (4-2, 3.62) vs.
Matt Zaleski (0-1, 14.73)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 2-0 (6 inn.) vs. Bowie, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (1-2, 4.30) vs.
Zach Clark (5-2, 3.40)
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Lynchburg, 5:35 p.m. Paul Demny (1-4, 3.83) and
Evan Bronson (1-1, 2.42) vs.
Corey Rasmus (1-5, 7.09) and
Arodys Vizcaino (2-2, 2.45)
Hagerstown Suns 4-3, Asheville,
Susp. (Bot. 5th)
vs. Asheville, 5:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-1, 3.12) vs.
DSL Nationals   @ DSL Rangers, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 6 Charlotte 6 — SUSP (Top 8th)
• Milone (ND) 6⅔ IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 6K

Syracuse put up three spots in the 3rd and 7th innings to take a 6-4 lead but Jeff Mandel surrendered a home run to the second batter he faced in the 8th to tie the game. Play was halted shortly thereafter. The game will be completed tonight followed by the regularly scheduled nine-inning game.

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 0
• Roark (ND) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Arnesen (W, 2-0) 3⅔ IP 4H 0R 1BB 2K
• Chico (S, 1) ⅓ 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Johnson 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Moore 1-2, R, HR, RBI

Rain both shortened and delayed game, as Harrisburg won 2-0 in six innings. Josh Johnson and Tyler Moore both hit a solo home run, with Stephen King collecting the only other Senator hit. Tanner Roark allowed a hit and struck out two in the two innings he pitched before play was halted and delayed for 81 minutes. Erik Arnesen took the hill in relief and went the next three and 2/3rds innings, giving up four hits and a walk. Matt Chico struck out the only batter he faced to earn the save when the game was called. Tim Pahuta was placed on the DL to make room for Zech Zinicola, who was assigned to the team from XST

Potomac-Lynchburg — PPD
After initially delaying the start 25 minutes, the skies above Woodbridge opened up and forced the postponement. Tonight was an already scheduled doubleheader, thus another doubleheader will be played on Sunday, weather permitting.

Asheville 4 Hagerstown 3
• Hansen 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 6K 1HR

After surrendering the lead with a four-run fifth, the Suns put on two runners before Mother Nature said “That’s all for tonight, boys.” The game will be resumed tonight with a seven-inning game to follow.

GCLDSL Nationals — Opening Day
Extended Spring Training is finally overIt’s time to learn some new names… and the “TBD vs. TBD” macro is ready to go.

May 272011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 9-1 vs. Charlotte 7:00 p.m. Tom Milone (3-3, 3.53) vs.
Freddy Dolsi (3-3, 7.65)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-6; Won, 6-1 vs. Bowie, 7:00 p.m. Tanner Roark (1-1, 5.79) vs.
Rick Zagone (1-3, 5.52)
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg, 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (2-5, 5.89) vs.
Zeke Spruill (2-5, 3.76)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 4-1 (11 inn.) vs. Asheville, 6:35 p.m. Bobby Hansen (5-1, 3.46) vs.
Peter Tago (1-0, 2.57)

Syracuse 9 Charlotte 1
• Meyers (W, 3-0) 6IP 7H 1R 1ER 0BB 3K
• Mattheus 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Frazier 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Fox 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Valdez 3-5, R, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs broke out the bats, collecting a season-high 14 hits in a 9-1 triumph over Charlotte. Jeff Frazier, Adam Fox, and Jesus Valdez combined for nine hits (each doubling), four runs, and four RBI as the Chiefs score five runs in the 2nd and put up two-spots in the 3rd and 6th innings. Brad Meyers pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on seven hits and no walks. Collin Balester, Josh Wilkie, and Ryan Mattheus each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 6 — Comp. Susp. Game
• Perez 1IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K 1HR
• Peacock (W, 7-1) 6⅔ IP 3H 2R 2ER 1BB 9K
• VanAllen ⅓ IP 3H 3R 3ER 0BB 0K 1HR
• Martinez 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, R, RBI
• Moore 2-5, 2-2B, RBI

Brad Peacock took over from Oliver Perez as the suspended game was picked up and went six and 2/3rds innings for the win in a 7-6 Harrisburg victory. Derek Norris, Bill Rhinehart, and Alex VAldez each homered while Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore both went 2-for-5. A four-run eighth, lowlighted by a three-run homer by Akron’s Jared Goedert off Cory VanAllen, made this game a lot closer than it should have been. Carlos Martinez got the final three outs in the ninth for his first save of 2011.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 1 (7 inn.)
• Tatusko 4IP 4H 1R 1ER 2B 4K
• Barthmaier (W, 1-2) 3IP 1H 0R 2BB 3K
• Ivany 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Pahuta 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Rahl 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

The ‘pen filled in and handled the second game admirably, with Ryan Tatusko going the first four innings, allowing the lone Akron run, and Jimmy Barthmaier going the last three innings to earn the win. The veteran trio of Devin Ivany, Tim Pahuta and Chris Rahl powered the offense, going 4-for-9 with four runs scored, a double (Rahl), a home run (Pahuta), a stolen base (Ivany) and five RBI.

Potomac – OFF DAY
The race to avoid last place is on with a four-game weekend series between the third-place P-Nats and the fourth-place Hillcats, with a doubleheader scheduled on Saturday.

Asheville 4 Hagerstown 1 (11 inn.)
• Ray (ND) 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
• McCatty 3IP 2H 0R 2BB 4K
• Manno 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
• Curran 1-3, BB
• Martinson 2-4, R

Thunderstorms and tornado warnings delayed the game nearly two hours, ending Robbie Ray’s night after two innings, as the Asheville Tourists defeated the Hagerstown Suns 4-1 in 11 innings. Four relievers were used over the last nine innings, with Sam Brown taking the loss by surrendering three in the top of the 11th. The Suns managed just nine hits for the night, with Jason Martinson going 2-for-4 and scoring the lone run.

May 262011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs OFF DAY vs. Charlotte 7:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (2-0, 3.63) vs.
Jeff Marquez (3-3, 2.82)
Harrisburg Senators Suspended, 1-1, Top 2 @ Akron, 10:35 a.m.
(completion, 7 inn. gm)
(GameBrad Peacock (6-1, 2.05) vs.
T.J. McFarland (1-2, 5.08)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 13-7 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY vs. Asheville, 6:35 p.m. Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.53) vs.
Erik Stavert (1-3, 9.00)

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
The Chiefs resume play tonight with a four-game homestand against the Charlotte Knights, then hit the road for eight days against Louisville and Indianapolis.

Harrisburg 1 Akron 1, Top 2 (Susp.)
Rain stopped play with the game tied at 1-1 and forced a doubleheader this morning, with the completion of the suspended game followed by a seven-inning contest.

Kinston 13 Potomac 7
• Clegg (L, 2-3) 1⅔ IP 5H 8R 5ER 3BB 1K 1HR
Weaver 1⅔ 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 0K 1HR
• Frias 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
• Lozada 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Bloxom 3-5
• Perez 2-2, 2B, 2RBI, SAC, SF

A little editorial to go with the breakdown of this beatdown, Last Night In Woodbridge.

Asheville 4 Hagerstown 1
• Cole (L, 0-3) 4⅔ 7H 4R 2ER 1BB 5K 1HR
• Swynenberg 2⅓ IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
• Newsome 3-4
• Nicol 2-4
• Sanchez 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, SB

With single runs in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th innings the Asheville Tourists wore down the Hagerstown Suns for a 4-1 decision. A.J. Cole took his third loss, allowing all four runs (two earned) over four and 2/3rds innings on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Relievers Matt Swynenberg and Wilson Eusebio turned in four and a 1/3rd scoreless innings. The Suns stranded 10 baserunners and only cashed in once in 13 chances with RISP. As noted in the comments, Chris Curran has been sent to Hagerstown, taking the place of Wade Moore, who was placed on the restricted list without explanation from any official source.

May 262011

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not easy to write about a blowout like this one (a 13-7 Potomac loss to Kinston, their fourth straight). You can be mean-spirited and lay into the poor pitching, piling on, kicking a man when he’s down (is there a better time?). Or you can cherry-pick the one or two good performances in the losing cause (Jose Lozada, 3-for-4 with two doubles, Justin Bloxom, 3-for-5), glossing over the contradictions (both had throwing errors).

Neither approach really serves you, the reader, all that well.

Potomac’s record is 18-27, a .400 winning percentage. They’ve scored 195 runs, allowed 234, which is fourth-best and dead last in the Carolina League, respectively. Their pythagorean projection has them at .392 or .409, depending on which formula you use. I’m not very good at math, but you can split the difference and see that .4005 is pretty damn close to .400.

As Bill Parcells famously once said “You are what your record says you are.”

Mitchell Clegg started this game with two quick outs and then loaded the bases with walks on either side of a hit batsmen. He then surrendered a bases-clearing triple and finally got out of the inning after pitching to the ninth batter. The second inning saw an error (Lozada’s) followed by a homer, a single (the only one surrendered), a long double to dead center, a flyout to center, a strikeout, then another long double to center.

Clegg was lifted with two outs, and his ledger filled when reliever Joe Testa was treated much the same with a double to… wait for it… center (don’t blame CF J.R. Higley — These balls were launched). The ‘pen may have faltered, but it was 8-0 after two, and it’s hard to pin much on group that has been asked to go one more inning or take one less day off more often than not

As the 13-7 score indicates, the P-Nats were able to muster some offense; unlike football, there’s no prevent defense. Joining Lozada and Bloxom in the hit parade was Eury Perez, who went 2-for-2 with sacrifice hit and a sacrifice fly and two RBI. Only Steve Souza went hitless as the team collected 13 total. On most nights, that would be more than enough.

Today is a badly needed day off for Potomac, the last scheduled off day of the first half. The homestand resumes on Friday with four games against the last-place Lynchburg Hillcats (doubleheader on Saturday).

May 252011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 10-4 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Senators Won, 11-6 @ Akron, 7:05 p.m. Oliver Perez (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Austin Adams (4-3, 2.45)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 4-3 vs. Kinston, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (2-2, 4.66) vs.
Giovanni Soto (3-3, 2.03)
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY vs. Asheville, 6:35 p.m. A.J. Cole (0-2, 3.86) vs.
Joshua Slaats (0-1, 10.07)

Rochester 10 Syracuse 4
• Detwiler (L, 3-4) 3⅔ IP 10H 8R 6ER 1BB 1K
• Hyde 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
• Valdez 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2BB
• Solano 2-4, R, RBI
• Antonelli 2-4, 3B

After a seven-game win streak was snapped, the reversion has been mean, with Rochester pounding Syracuse early and often for a 10-5 win, the second straight loss for the Chiefs. Ross Detwiler continues to give up more hits than innings pitched with 10 over three and 2/3rds, leading to eight runs (six earned) with just one walk and one strikeout. Jesus Valdez was one of three Chiefs to get two hits, doubling and homering for two RBI, while Jhonathan Solano knocked in one with two singles and Matt Antonelli singled and tripled.

Harrisburg 11 Akron 6
• Davis (ND) 4⅔ 3H 3R 2ER 4BB 4K
• Arnesen (S, 1) 3IP 0H 0R 2K
• Moore 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Norris 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB

Harrisburg broke out the bats for a season-high 11 runs against Akron, with five Senators collecting multiple hits. Matt Chico got the win in relief of recently returned Erik Davis, who allowed three runs on three hits and four walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Erik Arnesen pitched three scoreless innings for the save, his first for the season. The trio of Tyler Moore, Steve Lombardozzi, and Derek Norris combined for a 5-for-12 night with two HRs, four RBIs, two walks (guess who) and six runs scored.

Kinston 4 Potomac 3
• Rosenbaum (L, 2-2) 6⅔ IP 6H 4R 1ER 2BB 3K
• Smoker 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kobernus 2-4, BB, RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Souza 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

A little “O” and even less “D” equals an “L,” in Woodbridge last night.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
It’s a brief four-game homestand for the Suns, who come into Hagerstown still holding onto 1st place with a two-game lead, facing the Southern division’s fourth-place Asheville Tourists.